Job Openings

Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.

Current Job Openings

Avian Field Technician

Pittsburgh, PA and field sites throughout Pennsylvania
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be primarily collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of grassland bird survey and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work together with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified project, WPC’s strategic plan, and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan.

The Avian Field Technician will conduct off-road point counts surveys to collect occurrence, abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value across Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently as well as alongside WPC staff to complete surveys, bush-whacking on foot to most locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, sun exposure and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with vegetation assessments as needed. There is also potential to assist with other current avian ecology projects as well.

Qualifications: Must have experience and familiarity with the birds and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), and working in remote locations with extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have ability to hike long distances over potentially exposed, steep, hilly, and/or rocky terrain, and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or be currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects.

Position Duration: mid-May to late-July 2018 (approximately 8-10 weeks)

Pay: $15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses and work-trip lodging

Apply for this job:
Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is March 1.

Membership Theater Host/Hostess

Mill Run, PA
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has a part-time position in the Fallingwater Membership Theater, located in Mill Run, PA. The Membership Host/Hostess gives a brief presentation to visitors at the conclusion of their tour of Fallingwater and invites them to become members and supporters of Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups. We offer a professional and friendly working atmosphere in a beautiful location and the chance to meet interesting people from around the world. This position offers a competitive hourly rate, employee discounts, and free tickets to Fallingwater.

Apply for this job:
Successful applicants must be flexible with schedule and available to work weekends as needed. To apply, send a letter and resume to and list Membership in the subject line.

Visitor Services Representative

Mill Run, PA
Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, has several part time openings in the Visitor Services Department. Provides superior customer service, handles reservations, sells admission tickets and on-line ticket sales, and greets and assists visitors at the visitor services desk. Qualifications include good verbal and written communications skills, professional telephone etiquette, very good computer skills, and a strong customer service orientation. Must be flexible with schedule and available to work weekends and holidays as needed.

Apply for this job:
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to and list VSR in the subject line of the email.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.